Classes and Programs 2018-04-05T13:51:47+00:00

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World Tai Chi and Qigong Day

Saturday, April 28 | 10 a.m. | Cane Creek Recreation Center | Free

World Tai Chi and Qigong Day is an annual event held the last Saturday of April to promote the related disciplines of Tai Chi. The program, which has taken place in nearly 80 countries since 1999, includes Tai Chi and Qigong demonstrations. Visitors may participate or just observe the exercises. Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese tradition practiced as a graceful form of exercise. Qigong is an ancient Chinese health care system that integrates physical posture breathing techniques and focused attention. Instructor Nikki Desch has more than 30 years of experience.


Recycling 101

Saturday, May 19 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | Cane Creek Recreation Center | Free 

Recycling is the process of converting waste materials into objects. Participants will learn how to construct creative and useful objects such as birdfeeders, jewelry and other crafts using toilet paper rolls, egg cartons, tin cans and more. All supplies will be provided by Lisa Luck, solid waste planner at the Upper Cumberland Development District. Participants will have the opportunity to take home finished pieces to keep or for gift giving. This program is designed for ages 8 through adult. (Younger children may attend if accompanied by an adult.) Participants may bring a snack or lunch. Space is limited. Register by May 14.




Middle Eastern Belly Dance

Saturdays, April 28-June 2 | 10:30-11:45 a.m. | Cane Creek Recreation Center | $30

Explore the gentle, fun art of belly dance in this six-week beginner-level class with instructor Travis Jarrell, who has 40 years of experience teaching a wide range of students, including non-dancers, body therapists, pregnant mothers, athletes, singers, mountain climbers, grandmas and aspiring performers. Dance with a beautiful veil and learn to play finger cymbals. Wear stretchy, comfortable clothes; everything else is provided. Register by April 23.


Intermediate Photography

Tuesdays, May 1-June 5 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | Cane Creek Recreation Center | $65

This course is for individuals who have a basic understanding of photography and want to advance their skills in digital SLR camera operations. Topics include camera controls, manual exposure, white balance, lenses and composition. Participants will learn to take control of their camera and equipment and enhance photographs through image manipulation. A digital SLR camera is required. Instructor Ron Baker is a professional photographer who provides top-end photos for businesses, families, weddings and events. Register by April 23.


Introduction to Video Production

Thursdays, April 12-May 3 | 5:30-7 p.m. | Cane Creek Recreation Center | $40

This four-week class will teach participants ages 16 and up the basics of making a video for a website, mobile app or video platform using a smartphone or DSLR digital camera. Learn what makes a good video, production techniques, sound and basic lighting and more. Participants will have the opportunity to make a two-minute video for presentation to the class. Bring a notebook, pen or pencil and a DSLR camera or smartphone. Instructor Roy Lewis Garton owns FDMC Digital Media LLC in Cookeville. He is an accomplished social and digital media consultant with more than 40 years of experience in the film and TV industry. He is an award-winning director and producer of several independent short films and commercials. He holds a degree in broadcast journalism. Registration deadline is April 5.



Tai Chi

Tuesdays, May 8-June 12 | 5:30-6:30 p.m.| Cane Creek Recreation Center | $30
Thursdays, May 10-June 14 | 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.| Cane Creek Recreation Center | $30

Looking for a way to reduce stress? Consider Tai Chi. This Chinese martial art has developed into a graceful form of exercise that not only reduces stress but helps with a variety of health conditions. Tai Chi, often described as “meditation in motion,” promotes serenity through gentle, flowing, low-impact movements. It puts minimal stress on muscles and joints, making it generally safe for all ages and fitness levels. Participants of all experience levels may sign up for one or both of these six-week sessions with instructor Nikki Desch, an award-winning martial artist with 35+ years of experience. Registration is required five business days prior to the class.


Chair Yoga

Mondays and Wednesdays with instructor | Fridays with video | 11 a.m. – noon | Cane Creek Recreation Center | $2 on Mondays and Wednesdays  | Free on Fridays

This yoga class is designed for participants with chronic pain and the physically challenged, who spend the majority of the class seated. The “poses” are gentle, range-of-motion movements and stretching combined with breathing exercises and meditation led by instructor Shelia Barnes.


Traditional Dance

First and third Friday each month | 6:30-8 p.m. | Cane Creek Recreation Center | $1

The Cookeville Traditional Dance class meets on the first and third Friday evening of each month. The class focuses on English Country and American Contra dancing, while adding in some traditional dances from other countries as well, such as Scotland. Neither experience nor a partner is required. Fun for the whole family. For more information, contact Mev McCurdy at [email protected]


Walking to Wellness

Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays | 10-11 a.m. | Cane Creek Recreation Center | Free

The Cane Creek Recreation Center provides log-in sheets for keeping track of walking miles. Participants may power walk indoors or outdoors.



Questions about classes and programs?  Call Mildred Garrett, programmer, at 931-520-5286.



Daily | Cane Creek Recreation Center | $3

Take fitness classes for $3 per visit, with no membership fee or contract. Offerings include Zumba, Dance2Fit, yoga, cardio sculpt, strength training, step aerobics, cycling and much more. See our monthly schedule and class descriptions at  Fitness Classes. Lunch Express classes start at 11 a.m. each week day and are divided into 30-minute sessions for $2 each or $3 for both sessions.


Questions about fitness classes?  Call Jen Webb, special programs coordinator, at 931-526-7393.


School of Dance

August through May | Cane Creek Recreation Center

The Leisure Services School of Dance offers Dance for Young Children (ages 3 through first grade) and technique classes for ages 7 through adult in the areas of classical ballet, modern dance, jazz and hip hop. Tuition is based on 33 instructional weeks, August through May. Learn more at School of Dance


Questions about School of Dance?  Call Chad McDonald, cultural arts superintendent, at 931-520-5296.